Lillian Joyce, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Art History,
Ancient Through Renaissance Art


301 Sparkman Drive
Wilson Hall
Room 160E
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Biography I have been teaching at UAH for over twenty years and it still feels fresh every day I go into the classroom. Our students are bright, motivated, and ready to learn. Together we explore cultures of the past and the art that they created. The past is an exciting place where we discover how religion, politics, and customs as well as wealth shaped the development of visual culture. We also look at how later cultures adopted, adapted, or rejected what came before. We think about challenges as well as innovations. In my own research I study the ancient Romans. UAH has supported numerous trips to Italy. Seeing what I work with in person as well as having access to the world's best libraries in my field has helped me become a successful researcher. I am able to share what I learn with our students. In college I played sports, worked a campus job, and participated in clubs and other activities. I know what it's like to juggle a busy schedule and have fun along the way. I will help you have the same experience here at UAH.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Art History and Museum Studies, Boston University
  • B.A., Art History, Vassar College

Honors & Awards

  • Visiting Scholar, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 2020-2021
  • Humanities Center Grants (Research at American Academy in Rome) 2017-2021
  • Humanities Center Grants (Research at Johns Hopkins University) 2007 and 2009
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation Grant (Archaeology Lecture Series) 2002, 2004, 2009, (Dora Exhibition) 2010
  • Global Studies Curriculum Enhancement Grant (Non-Western Art) 2005 and (Travel to Guatemala/Honduras) 2006
  • Humanities Center Library Enhancement Grant (Non-Western Art and Luttrell Psalter Facsimile) 2005, (Modern Architecture) 2011

Exhibitions & Presentations

  • “It’s not Grecophilia: Hadrian, Athens, and Rome” SECAC Annual Meeting, Chattanooga, TN. 10/19
  • “Seeing the Breast” VariAbilities IV, Senate House, University of London, London England 06/18
  • “In the Footsteps of Augustus: Hadrian and the Imperial Cult” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA 01/18
  • “Allusions to Imperial Cult in Hadrian’s Temple of Venus and Roma” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01/17
  • “Hadrian’s Cult Statues: Reconstructing Venus and Roma” Sapienza University, Rome, Italy 06/16
  • “It’s Good to be Rhome: A Greek Goddess becomes Roma” SECAC Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA 10/15
  • “Hadrian, Roma, and the Revealed Breast” Fourth Annual Feminist Art History Conference, American University, Washington, DC 11/13
  • "The Breast Revealed: Roman Women Exposed" invited speaker, Tulane University, 10/22


  • Archaeological Institute of America, Trustee, 2006-2011
  • Archaeological Institute of America, President, North Alabama Society, 2000-present
  • Alabama Archaeological Society Member, 2005-present
  • American Society of Overseas Research Member, 2012-present
  • SECAC Member, 2000-present
  • College Art Association Member, 1983-present


  • Gender Issues in ancient Greek and Roman Art
  • Emperor Worship in Roman Culture

Recent Publications

  • “In the Footsteps of Augustus: Hadrian and the Imperial Cult” in Selected Papers in Ancient Art and Architecture, vol. 5. edited by Francesco D’Angelis, Archaeological Institute of America (2020) 79-94

  • “Ariadne Transformed in Pompeii’s House of Fabius Rufus” in Icon, Cult, and Context: Essays in Honor of Susan B. Downey, edited by Maura Heyn and Anne Steinsapir. UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press (2016) 67-90.

  • “Roma and the Virtuous Breast” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 59/60 (2014/2015) 1-49